Our Goal to Help Families This Year
Created For Real Impact
It is estimated that more than 5 million young people between the ages of 16 and 24 (15 percent of the total youth population) especially those who are more disadvantaged or a part of low income families, spend a significant portion of their time disconnected from work and school. Disconnected youth are more likely to be poor, to have academic difficulties, to suffer from mental health problems and/or substance abuse, to be involved in violence, and to be teen parents. Moreover, youth who are disconnected for three or more years suffer long-term consequences, such as lower incomes, lack of health insurance, and difficulty getting and keeping a job. In addition, young women who are disconnected for three or more years are more likely to receive continues government assistance than are their counterparts who have never been disconnected. Project Joy mission is to connect youth to resources that leveling up their skills to create new opportunities
In LA County 1:6 Youth are Disconnected from education and employment
Our employment program serves survivors of domestic violence at the local domestic violence emergency shelter with job readiness training and skill development.
We bridge the gap between knowing and doing at our work-based learning site. Transitional age youth (ages 18-24) receive hands-on training using work-based projects
We provide linkage to employment opportunities and programs to assist with their immediate need for income. Once in transitional housing, we continue to work with survivors to build their career pathway, which often includes a focus on higher education and vocational training.
Project Joy was awarded California Non-Profit of the Year in 2019 for the 21st Senate District (nominated by Senator Scott Wilk). This affirms our program design and sustained impact in the community.
We are a partner agency with the national iFoster organization and helped launch the inaugural TAY AmeriCorps program, in 2019, as a leading host site, which reached close to 100 foster youth in the Antelope Valley and bridged them to supportive services, educational and employment resources. Our impact is based on a peer specialist outreach model, where foster youth are hired, trained in leadership and 21st Century job skills, and assist with program design and implementation to reach their peers in need.